Learning and Development

Learning and Development

Human Resources

As an institution of higher education, Salve Regina endeavors to provide resources and support employees' development and growth. Employees are encouraged to pursue learning opportunities that support their success, helping them to achieve the expectations and goals developed through the performance management process.

These opportunities may promote success in many ways, including:

  • Helping employees meet or exceed the basic competencies of their position.
  • Acquiring knowledge related to University policies and procedures.
  • Enabling employees to become more efficient and effective in one or many areas of responsibility.
  • Preparing employees for additional or more challenging roles.
  • Assisting employees with an area of underperformance.
  • Learning a new skill that increases employees' value to their department and the University.

Workshops and Learning Opportunities

The Office of Human Resources facilitates various learning opportunities for all employees throughout the year. Topics vary and are typically related to professional development in soft skills, health and wellness, and financial education. Human Resources partners with Coastline EAP, Tufts, MetLife, local businesses and campus offices to offer relevant and useful programming.

Digital Literacy and Technology Training

The Technology Services Center offers workshops on various technology-related topics, from beginner to advanced levels. Contact Dan Titus at (401) 341-2451 or titusd@salve.edu to learn more about digital literacy and technology training.

Toastmasters Club

Salve Regina’s Toastmasters Club is a community of employees, students and local residents who are looking to improve their public speaking skills. Toastmasters members develop and grow both personally and professionally and build the skills to express themselves in a variety of situations. Members open up a world of new possibilities: giving better work presentations, leading and participating in meetings more confidently, speaking more smoothly off the cuff, and handling one-on-one interactions with family, friends and colleagues more positively.

Toastmasters meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 4:45 p.m. Visit their website for more information.

New Employee Orientation

Human Resources offers new employee orientation three times a year. During this event, new employees have the opportunity to meet other recently hired staff and become acquainted to the University’s policies, procedures and available services. In addition, various members of the Salve Regina community share important information related to their functional areas of responsibility.

For more information, contact Stephanie Pfautsch at (401) 341-3201 or stephanie.pfautsch@salve.edu.

Rhode Island Higher Education Training Consortium

Salve Regina employees have access to low-cost, workshop-style professional development opportunities facilitated by subject matter experts through the Rhode Island Higher Education Training Consortium. Some events are specific to manager/supervisor development.

To access current offerings, visit the consortium website or view the HR newsletter. Employees should consult with their manager/supervisor for approval to attend. Registration fees are typically paid through the department's professional development budget.

EduRisk by United Educators

EduRisk provides hundreds of resources addressing the most pressing issues for educational institutions, from athletic injuries to sexual assault prevention and response to workplace harassment. The interactive learning programs guide faculty, staff and students in changing behaviors to reduce risk. Online courses, podcasts, blogs and downloadable resources address key areas of higher education, such as administration, employment, student affairs, crisis management and facilities and public safety.

Employees who complete the required training through United Educators have access to these resources using their login credentials.

Beacon Online University

Salve Regina’s workers’ compensation insurer, Beacon Mutual, has partnered with FirstNet Learning to provide more than 100 free safety courses on eight different topics. Their most popular courses are also available in Spanish. Courses are highly interactive and participants are able to print certificates of completion.

All employees may take courses through Beacon’s online university. To register, visit the Beacon website and use 28735 as the policy number.


Lynda.com is a leading online platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through various subscriptions, members have access to the Lynda.com video library of more than 5,500 engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. Topics include productivity, communication, management, career development, presentations, leadership, project and time management, collaboration, social media and marketing.

Lynda.com offers a free 10-day trial. Additional subscription costs must be paid by your department’s professional development budget.

Salve Regina is committed to providing a positive educational environment for all faculty, staff and students. As part of this commitment, the University provides access to harassment, discrimination and data security training through United Educators, and mandates that all newly hired employees complete this training.

To access the required training, log in to the EduRisk portal with your Salve Regina email address and password. If you do not know your password, use the "Forgot Password" feature.

Full-time staff who have completed their orientation period may take regular undergraduate and/or graduate courses for credit with a 100 percent tuition benefit.

Part-time staff who have completed their orientation period and work at least 20 hours per week may receive prorated tuition for regular undergraduate and/or graduate courses. The prorated amounts are:

  • 20-24 hours per week: 50 percent tuition benefit
  • 25-29 hours per week: 66 percent tuition benefit
  • 30-34 hours per week: 75 percent tuition benefit

This program only covers tuition. All registration and course fees, as well as textbooks, are the employee's responsibility to pay. Full details and instructions are available in the staff handbook.

Staff may take up to two classes for credit on a non-matriculated basis. To take additional courses for academic credit, the employee must apply to the University, be formally accepted into a degree program and be fully matriculated.

Staff may receive tuition benefits for up to two courses each semester and for one course each summer session. The benefit extends to online interactive and hybrid courses and up to one workshop per semester on a space-available basis only. Also, on a space-available basis only and with instructor permission, an employee may audit a class (take a class for no credit). Staff auditing courses must follow all other tuition benefit guidelines (except matriculation).

Staff may earn up to two degrees and one certificate of graduate studies under the tuition benefit policy (excluding CAGS).